First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science. Students with an undergraduate degree who have marks below 2.1 will be considered if there is evidence of work and/or life experience related to the content of the degree. You do not need to have prior experience in computer science.
Months of entry
The MSc in Data Science for Politics and Policymaking is designed to meet the growing demand for graduates with the ability to use big data to solve complex political and social problems. It is perfectly suited to those looking for careers in political campaigns, think tanks, interest groups associated with shaping public policy and the civil service.
This Masters level course equips you with the ability to design, commission, and implement projects that capture and analyse large quantities of online data from a diverse set of sources. It combines advanced training in social science research design and policy analysis with classes that allow you to understand the mechanics behind capturing and organising large amounts of data.
The course looks to solve the key challenge of the use of big data in the public sphere, the lack of specified research and policy goals, by providing you with the know-how via core classes in Research Design, Public Policy and Qualitative Methods. Alongside these classes, you'll receive training that allows you to understand the mechanics behind capturing and organising large amounts of data.
Information for international students
You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English.
For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.
Fees and funding
Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students
Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland.
We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies.
10% tuition fee discount is offered to all Strathclyde alumni completing a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- HaSS PGT Enquiries
- 0141 444 8600